Opened in 1975, the Washington DC office advises a wide range of global clients through its highly respected litigation, regulatory, restructuring, and corporate practices
Our Washington-based attorneys represent corporations and other entities, both as plaintiffs and defendants, in multiple jurisdictions before both federal and state courts and regulatory authorities
Approximately 70 lawyers are resident in the DC office, and their diverse practice areas provide our clients with invaluable counsel in navigating an intricate and ever-changing business environment and regulatory landscape. We are routinely entrusted with our clients’ critical matters, including litigation, mergers, and financial transactions.
Our Washington office hosts many of the firm’s regulatory lawyers and serves as a central hub for integrating the substantive skills of lawyers across the firm. From Washington, our lawyers advise clients in connection with numerous government agencies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the International Trade Commission, the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, among others.
Our Financial Institutions Regulatory group is led by a Washington-based lawyer and is capable of counseling regulated financial institutions, including domestic and foreign banks, thrift institutions, and holding companies in five main areas of expertise: regulatory compliance, financial institutions M&A, corporate governance, enforcement actions and litigation within the financial industry, and insolvency and financial distress. Our lawyers routinely handles matters in connection with the Federal Reserve Board, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Securities and Exchange Commission, U.S. Treasury Department, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, as well as with newer federal regulatory entities such as the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection and Office of National Insurance. Lawyers from the firm’s Washington office also figure prominently in the firm’s Financial Regulatory Reform Working Group, a multidisciplinary collection of lawyers from around the firm focused on providing timely, practical commentary to U.S. and international clients in the financial industry and other businesses deemed to be systemically important by the U.S. government concerning the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
Commitment to Community Service and Pro Bono
The Washington DC office has been recognized for its pro bono efforts and its ongoing commitment to the community. It was awarded an Outstanding Achievement Award in the area of Immigrant and Refugee Rights from the Washington Lawyers Committee on Civil Rights and Urban Affairs for its continuing work on behalf of asylum applicants. In addition, DC Appleseed Center for Law and Justice honored the Washington team for its outstanding pro bono efforts in addressing the lead-in-the-water crisis in the District of Columbia. Lawyers from the Washington office also played an important role in crafting a settlement to end litigation concerning discriminatory practices of the Baltimore Police Department that created a hostile work environment for police officers of color. Individual partners have also been recognized for their community service and pro bono efforts by such organizations as the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the American Jewish Committee.